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Sun., March 13, 2011, 11:21 a.m.

KAYU still on DirecTV; both sides agree to keep talking

DirecTV customers in the Spokane TV market will continue seeing KAYU, the Spokane Fox affiliate.

A long dispute over retransmission fees between DirecTV and Northwest Broadcasting, the parent owner of KAYU, is still not resolved.

But the sides agreed late Friday to extend the ceasefire for another week. KAYU could have been pulled off the DirecTV satellite lineup, over the dispute. The station disappeared for all of January, then came back on as both sides resumed stalled discussions.

Northwest VP Jon Rand said the extension will run through this coming Friday, March 18.

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